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Judaism For Dummies

Judaism For Dummies

by Ted Falcon, David Blatner

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Your plain-English guide to Judaism

Whether you're interested in the religion or the spirituality, the culture or the ethnic traditions, Judaism For Dummies explores the full spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the mystical, meditative, and spiritual depth of the faith and the practice. 

In this warm and welcoming book, you'll find coverage of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as a daily practice; the food and fabric of Judaism; Jewish wedding ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of pain, sadness, triumph, and joy; great Jewish thinkers and historical celebrities; and much more. 

  • Updates to the "recent history" section with discussions of what has happened in the first decade of the twenty-first century including: the expansion of orthodox political power in Israel; expansion of interfaith work; unfortunate recent anti-Semitic events; and other news
  • Expanded coverage of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has become increasingly popular in recent years
  • New coverage on Jewish views of morality, including birth control, homosexuality, and environmental concerns
  • Revised recipes for traditional Jewish cooking, updated key vocabulary, and Yiddish phrases everyone should know

Jews have long spread out to the corners of the world, so there are significant Jewish communities on many continents. Judaism For Dummies offers a glimpse into the rituals, ideas, and terms that are woven into the history and everyday lives of Jewish people as near as our own neighborhoods and as far-reaching as across the world.


P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, youre probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Judaism For Dummies (9781118407516). The book you see here shouldnt be considered a new or updated product. But if youre in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. Were always writing about new topics!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119643074
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/11/2019
Series: For Dummies Books
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 127,075
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, one of the pioneers of contemporary Jewish and interfaith spirituality, is a writer, teacher, and spiritual counselor in private practice. David Blatner is an award-winning author of 15 books, including Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity.

Table of Contents


PART I: What Jews Generally Believe.

Chapter 1: That's Funny, You Don't Look Jewish: Who's a Jew and Why.

Chapter 2: One Singular Sensation: Judaism and God.

Chapter 3: Torah, Torah, Torah: The Unfolding of a Tradition.

Chapter 4: Setting Intentions: Judaism as a Daily Practice.

Chapter 5: Jewish Mysticism.

PART II: From Womb to Tomb: The Life Cycle.

Chapter 6: In the Beginning: Birth and Bris.

Chapter 7: Coming of Age: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Chapter 8: Get Me to the Chuppah On Time: Weddings.

Chapter 9: Stepping Through the Valley: The Shadow of Death.

PART III: An Overview of Jewish History.

Chapter 10: Let My People Go: From Abraham to Exodus.

Chapter 11: The Kings of Israel: The First Temple.

Chapter 12: Sects and Violence: The Second Temple.

Chapter 13: From One Exile to Another: The First Millennium.

Chapter 14: The Greatest Horror, The Greatest Triumph.

Chapter 15: Jewish Buddhists and Other Paradoxes of the New Age.

Chapter 16: The Question of Antisemitism.

PART IV: Celebrations and Holy Days.

Chapter 17: Shabbat: Paradise Regained.

Chapter 18: In with the New: Rosh Hashanah.

Chapter 19: Getting Serious: Yom Kippur.

Chapter 20: The Great Outdoors: Sukkot.

Chapter 21: Guilt or Gelt: Chanukkah.

Chapter 22: Planting a Tree on Tu B'Shvat.

Chapter 23: The Jewish Halloween: Purim.

Chapter 24: From Groan to Glee: Passover.

Chapter 25: Spring Is Busting Out All Over: Shavuot.

Chapter 26: Tisha B'Av: A Day of Mourning.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 27: Ten Great Jewish Thinkers.

Chapter 28: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Judaism.

Chapter 29: Ten Folks You Should Know.

PART VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Oy Vey! and Other Words You Should Know.

Appendix B: A Sampler of Jewish Prayers and Blessings.

Appendix C: Calendar of Jewish Holidays.

Appendix D: Go Now and Learn.


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